Review of screen capture programs
by Sheila Loring
Matthew Ellison reviews seven screen capture programs: FullShot, HyperSnap, SnagIt, Madcap Capture, RoboScreen Capture, ScreenHunter (free), and TNT. He also points out what to look for in a screen capture tool and compares features in a handy table.
SnagIt lands at the top of the bunch. Matthew describes it as “the most full-featured of the capture tools reviewed in this article.”
I’m a recent SnagIt convert after using Paint Shop Pro for years. SnagIt can’t be beat for a quick, easy screen shot. I also like the torn edge options to indicate a partial shot of the GUI. But the jagged edges might be more of a creative device than helpful visual cue. What do you think?
The jagged edge effect can be super helpful if you need to show only the top and bottom of a long window like a web page. Show the top with a torn bottom and show the bottom with a torn top. When you put the two together, it’s obvious that you’re skipping the unneeded middle section.
My favorite device in SnagIt is the beautiful drop shadow you can apply. I don’t know of any real purpose for the drop shadow as a visual cue, but it’s purty.
I too, like the torn edges to indicate that this is not the entire page/menu/whatever.
The dropshadow works well in helpscreen shots, and is helps to distinguish the “active” page from the help image.
Grant and Terry, I also like the drop shadow for adding dimension to screen shots.
Michael, you make me miss my Mac days.
What a great review. Someone should make sure this writeup gets to TechSmith, the makers of SnagIt!)
By the way, download the free utility called Sizer (from the Web). When you want consistency with Window display size, this thing does it!